Former GNCP Staff Charged With Economic Crime, Remanded

Former GNCP Staff Charged With Economic Crime, Remanded

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Prosecutors at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court have instituted a two-count charge of theft and economic crime specified offence against Nfansu Fatty, a former employee of the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham yesterday.

Fatty is accused of stealing through smuggling, 190,745 litres of Diesel amounting to Ten Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Five Dalasi, Ninety Three bututs (D10, 828,955.93). He is said to have also steal andother 74,290 litres of Petrol amounting to Two Million, Sixty  Three Thousand, Three Hundred and  Fifty Five Dalasi, Ninety Three bututs (D2,063,355,93) between the month of January to December 2015 by virtue of his position as an employee of The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation Fuelling station in the Kanifing Municipality.

On count two, Mr Fatty is accused of  stealing through smuggling, 190,745 litres of Diesel amounting to Ten Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Five Dalasis, Ninety Three bututs (D10,828,955.93) and another 74,290 litres of Petrol amounting to Two Million, Sixty  Three Thousand, Three Hundred and  Fifty Five Dalasi, Ninety Three bututs (D2,063,355,93) between the month of January to December 2015 by virtue of his position as an employee of The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation Fuelling station in the Kanifing Municipality.

When the case was called, Fatty’s defence counsel Lawyer L S Camara made reference to Section 208 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 99 of Constitution to request for the court to grant him bail.

Lawyer Camara urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the accused person by granting him bail, saying he has been on bail until last Tuesday.

He argued that the accused person is already on a high court bail  in a 20 million Dalasi bond before Justice Dada on economic crime charge.

He said the accused person is not a flight risk, saying his documents are with the principal registrar of the High Court.

The Police Prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Y Njie argued that the case cannot be tried before a lower court and relied on Section 9 of the Economic Crime Act to back his argument. He referred the court to the case of Sira Wally Ndow-Njai and 9 others case and urged the court to refuse the accused bail.

He urged the court to remand the accused person pending proper arraignment at the High Court.

The Presiding Magistrate in his ruling said he will rely on Section 9 of the Economic Crime Act to declare the case as lack of jurisdiction, saying he was not convinced of the defence application. He also said he would follow the direction of Section 208 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code to remand the accused person.

by Lama S Jallow